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The fates of Cinder and Scarlet collide as a Lunar threat spreads across the Earth…
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.
Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
This is the second book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, following Cinder.
Spoilers for Cinder.
It’s been a while since I read Cinder, but I really enjoyed it. I was looking forward to this story, seeing where the author would take the story next and how a new main character, Scarlet, would fit into things.
Now that Kai has become the emperor following the death of his father, he has to try and maintain some sort of peace with Queen Levana and the Lunars, while searching for the escaped Cinder to placate Levana. Scarlet, her missing grandmother, and Wolf factor into things in a really interesting way that I won’t spoil, but I really enjoyed the way Scarlet’s story – searching for her missing grandmother – tied into Cinder’s story – her escape from prison accompanied by a fellow prisoner, Thorne. The different tales came together in the end and it was awesome to see how Marissa Meyer brought these characters together, and hinted at what’s to come in the next installment, Cress. You can totally tell that the author has planned this all out in advance and that everything will continue to tie together over the rest of the series.
As for the new characters in this book, I really liked Scarlet and Wolf. I didn’t quite like Scarlet as much as I like Cinder, but she’s tough and fierce, and I enjoyed the romance between she and Wolf. I’m discovering that I totally prefer romances where the characters start off antagonistic towards each other and grow to care about each other to the instalove version.
And Thorne! I really hope there’s more Thorne in Cress, because he’s hilarious! He’s definitely my new favourite character in this series. And I was so happy to see Iko back, albeit in a different form.
I will say that the book felt a bit longer than was necessary, but overall, I really enjoyed the story, the world, the characters, and where it looks like the author will take the story in the next book.